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 "Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!"      Lewis Carroll


"Let your fiction grow out of the land beneath your feet."   Eudora Welty

Published

"Chicken In Turkey"

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"Tiny Tattoos"

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"Haunted By Glue Guns"

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"Smokey in the boys' room"

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(contributor, page 27)"I Salute You, Mother"

Young Writers

"Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip." Elmore Leonard

The key to becoming a successful writer:

Here it is, the ancient Chinese secret for aspiring writers. It’s advice that all published writers know and practice—it’s the key to what got them published. You have to be ready to heed the advice (not all aspiring writers are ready to do so). That means you have to be serious about writing. Are you?

If you think you’re serious and you want to know the secret that will make you a successful writer, I’ll share it with you just like someone did with me years ago. Ready? Here goes. To be a successful writer, all you need to do is…write!

What did you expect? If you want to become an Olympic runner, do you bowl? Knit? No, you run—all over the place. It’s the same with writing. You need to write, all over the place. I don’t mean on walls and furniture (you could get dragged to the police station if you do that). Rather, carry a small notebook and jot down ideas when anything pops into your head.

For example, once two loud and rude girls sat behind me in a movie theater. Did I turn around and tell them to get a life? Yes, but only after I’d sneaked my notepad out of my backpack and written almost word for word their exchange with each other and a nice woman who had asked if a seat was taken (it was, by rude girl #1’s nachos). Now, when I need realistic sounding words for rude girls, I’ve got them. Of course many of us can conjure up rudeness at an instant and I’m getting better at it. Still, it’s nice to have a bank of character types and the things they say right at your fingertips. So get writing and prepare yourself for the exciting places your words will take you.

To help get you started, see Tips For Writers.

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Classroom Visits

Debra makes regular appearances in classrooms to share her work, but mostly to teach and inspire kids. Please contact Debra if you would like her to speak at your school.